English version

fasten on/upon something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfasten on/upon something phrasal verbATTENTIONto give particular attention to something because you think it is important or interesting My mother fastened on the word ‘unsafe’. fasten→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
fasten on/upon What on earth was she now what trend or fad was she fastening on?But by the spring of 1978 the war was over, and Snyder had fastened on a new cause: the homeless.These will be fastened on and above them a platform.An eddy of chill air swirled into the carriage, fastening on his knuckles.It fastened on Mala like a grasping hand and snatched her into the air.There are sections of Hazlitt's critical work which fasten on more general issues.A pounce, the cheetah's jaws fasten on the gazelle's throat, and it is quickly throttled to death.Then he fastened on the particular problem of coffee.
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Verb table
fasten
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyfasten
he, she, itfastens
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyfastened
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave fastened
he, she, ithas fastened
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad fastened
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill fasten
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have fastened
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam fastening
he, she, itis fastening
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you, we, theyare fastening
Past
I, he, she, itwas fastening
you, we, theywere fastening
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been fastening
he, she, ithas been fastening
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been fastening
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be fastening
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been fastening
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